12/06/2013 04:35 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush To Attend Nelson Mandela's Funeral

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with former First Lady Laura Bush, will attend former South African President Nelson Mandela's funeral, according to reports from Reuters and CNN.

Reuters' Steve Holland tweets that the Bushes will accompany President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on Air Force One.

Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, died on Thursday at the age of 95. After news of his death was confirmed by South African President Jacob Zuma, Clinton tweeted in remembrance of the civil rights activist:

Bush released a statement Thursday calling Mandela "one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time."